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Creative Ecologies

The Creative Ecologies Pathfinder is a new programme of research and experimentation for Bristol+Bath Creative R+D. Across 2021 and 2022, we’ll be exploring creativity as a networked, connected practice, not something that happens in isolation in studios, offices, or labs.

We think that approaches to the world rooted in creativity and culture are vital for the production of better futures. This work happens not just in businesses or workplaces, but across a network of people and places.

During this pathfinder, we’ll be working with experts from across our region and the world to explore how we can make these networks more resilient, dynamic and inclusive, ensuring they are future-proofed to withstand systematic shocks, and can respond to the pressing emergencies of our time.

Together, we’ll be exploring a range of questions: what can we learn from how creative economies are designed in other parts of the world? How can the models we use to build our businesses or the way we run our cities be developed to make them more sustainable, inclusive, and progressive? How can we ensure that people - not technology - are put at the heart of a better future?

We believe that thinking ecologically about creativity is a key to answering these questions. This involves understanding all the different parts that make creative work possible. These include the companies, people, institutions, places, resources, communications infrastructures, producers, audiences and stakeholders that allow things to happen, as well as the ideas, knowledges, cultures, and languages that are part of that network.

Our creative ecology spreads far beyond industrial sectors and fixed geographies, to encompass whole communities that stretch all over the world. We want to explore how to make this ecology healthy, equitable, and strong, and show how creative and cultural value is everywhere, and vital to our futures.

Hopeful Futures Network

We will draw together experts from across Bristol, Bath, and the world to explore sustainable growth, inclusion, climate emergencies, and responsible innovation through seminars and development labs. We’ll be speaking to activists, artists, technologies, social enterprises, civic bodies, academics and more. We’ll also be launching New Scholars, a one-year fellowship scheme for PhD students and academics early in their career to develop collaborative approaches to their research, and explore the themes at the heart of Bristol+Bath Creative R+D.

Trailblazer Scheme

Closer to home we will be trialing new ways to promote, support, and resource a dynamic, creative future in our local economy.

This fund will support high risk, high return ideas from individuals, companies, or collaborations with existing momentum and exciting potential but for whom funds may not be readily available. We will seek out ideas that relate to creative technology and offer advice on inclusion, business and production, broker connections to universities, and use small injections of money to unlock opportunity.

For more information on the scheme please read the full brief below as well as our FAQ’s.

Find out more

If you’d like to be involved in this scheme, have insights to share about our core questions, or are a part of our community looking for more support, please book a 30 minute surgery with one of the team, we’d love to hear from you.

New Scholars


‘New Scholars’ is a fellowship scheme for PhD students and Early Career Researchers, designed to support researchers early in their academic journey to make a step change in their research towards collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and socially engaged practice in and around the field of creativity, technology, and innovation.

The cohort of 16 PhD students/Early Career Researchers are taking part in a twelve-month programme of workshops, skills development, critical exploration, funded research and collaboration. The Fellows benefit from a year of support to help them boost their research ambitions, gain insight into collaborative work, and develop funded research with access to academics and creatives in the sector.

Fellows

Amy Spencer

Dr Amy Spencer a post-doctoral research assistant and writer. She is currently in the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University, working on the Amplified Publishing strand of Bristol+Bath Creative R+D.

Eleanor Scott

Eleanor Scott is a doctoral researcher within Loughborough University's School of Design and Creative Arts (SDCA), in collaboration with the Business of Fashion Textiles and Technology (BFTT).

Hakan Satiroglu

Hakan Satiroglu is a PhD research student and an Associate Lecturer in Innovation Management at Bath Business School.

Kadian A Gosler

With over 17 years of academic and professional experience in the Intimate Apparel field, PhD candidate Kadian A Gosler has turned her sights to the fields' future in smart lingerie.

Kate Valentine

Kate Valentine is a director working in theatre and audio drama. Her PhD by Creative Practice is 'Dual Carriageway: Live performance and digital storytelling, linking communities along the Great North Road.'

Kit Braybrooke

Dr. Kit Braybrooke🧞‍♀️ [1] is an ethnographer and designer whose work explores intersections of culture, technology and social/ecological justice.

Lauren England

Dr Lauren England is a Baxter Fellow in Creative Economies at the University of Dundee. Her research explores creative ecologies in both Global North and Global South contexts, with a focus on the craft sector.

Marie Stenton

Marie is currently a practice-based PhD researcher at London College of Fashion exploring alternative routes to a circular economy through the potential of regenerated protein fibres for a quality textiles market.

Myles-Jay Linton

Myles is a psychologist and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow (University of Bristol) undertaking research into young peoples’ mental health. His artwork explores the connection between bodies and emotions, and his community work centres the experiences of queer people of colour in Bristol.

Olivia Gable

Dr Olivia Gable is a Policy Analyst at the Work Foundation and an independent researcher with primary interests in cultural work, equality and inclusion and music.

Paris Selinas

Paris Selinas is a trans-disciplinary artist, designer, and social researcher, currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Bristol.

Rob Eagle

As a digital artist, documentary film-maker and practice-based PhD researcher at UWE Bristol, Rob straddles the worlds of arts practice and academia.

Verity McIntosh

Verity is a Senior Lecturer, researcher and creative producer. She leads UWE Bristol’s pioneering master’s course in Virtual and Extended Realities.

Vivienne Kuh

Viv is a lecturer and research fellow in responsible innovation based at the University of Bristol, UK.

Yvonne Ntiamoah

Yvonne is a PhD Researcher in the area of “The process of decolonising the fashion design curriculum in Ghana, and its consequences for global fashion design education”.

Will Barnes

Will Barnes is a Geography PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London interested in the interrelationship of creative work, home life, the COVID-19 lockdown, and wellbeing.